The Canastota Alumni Association has named Marie Maphia as the 2009 recipient of the Vincent V. Albanese Alumni Achievement Award. This award is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions in their profession and to their community.
Maphia, daughter of Anthony and Jennie Capparelli, lived in Canastota until 1950. Her family then moved to Oneida and she commuted to Canastota until her graduation in 1951. She attended SUNY Cortland, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She was a member of Nu Sigma Chi.
Entering the teaching profession in 1955, Maphia accepted a first grade position at the Canastota Library School for a two-year period. She was hired by the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School District as a substitute teacher working in that capacity for the next five years.
She continued her career as a first grade and second grade teacher at Wettel, retiring from the VVS school district in June of 2001 after 30 years in the teaching profession.
Among high school activities, Maphia acted as Junior Marshall for her class and was a member of the Kappa Epsilon Society. She was secretary of the class of 1951 and continues to serve her graduating class by organizing reunions.
Throughout Maphia's teaching career, marriage of 55 years to Paul Maphia and raising her two children, she has remained extremely active in numerous organizations and volunteerism.
She was involved in the Parent Teachers' organizations for both Wettel and St. Patrick's schools. She is a member of the VVS Teachers' Association, the NYSUT organization and the American-Italian Association for which she acts as treasurer. She is a member and co-historian of the Canastota Alumni Association, contributing her effort and time working on functions involving cooperation between Alumni committee members and Canastota High School students. Maphia served on the Alumni Scholarship committee in 2008 and 2009.